Thinking ability of dementia patients 'worse in winter and early spring'

Care resources and community awareness are more critical during colder months, study suggests

The seasons may affect the memory and thinking abilities of healthy older adults.

Dementia

A new study suggests changes in cognitive function may be associated with the time of year, declining significantly in winter and early spring. We also see new cases of mild cognitive impairment and dementia in these seasons.

Published recently in the journal PLOS Medicine, the study suggests fluctuations in memory and thinking

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